HOLLYWOOD heavyweights Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have become the latest celebrities to turn their hand to winemaking. Also, they have been set to tie the knot since April last year and if recent reports are to be believed they're planning on celebrating the occasion in style!
The celebrity power couple will launch their own rose wine next month.
The pair has teamed up with the French winemaking Perrin family to develop the Miraval Cotes de Provence label, named after their Chateau Miraval estate in the south of France, Marc Perrin said.
The wine, produced from the couple's sprawling estate near the town of Brignoles, will be priced at around 15 euro ($19.40) a bottle.
Jolie and Pitt acquired the 500 hectare estate in 2008 for around 40 million euros (approx $516 million) and have used it as a summer residence. The estate includes around 50 to 60 acres of vines.
The couple are just the latest in a long list of stars who have invested in wine from ex-Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, singer Sting and footballer David Beckham to actor Gerard Depardieu, actor Drew Barrymore, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and singer Madonna.
The website mesvignes.com says the majority of celebrity vineyard owners are not actively involved in the process.
Jolie and Pitt, however, want to do more than "just put their name" on the bottle, according to Perrin.
"They want to be proud of the wine on their property. They are really looking for excellence," he said.
"We are two families at the service of the estate."
Perrin said he expected there to be around 150,000 bottles of the rose wine on the market in the first year, followed later by red and white wine.
The wines would be sold through "good wine merchants and in good restaurants", he added.
Plans for the Wedding:
The couple's florist, Lucille Michele has reportedly told Grazia magazine: "Guests will travel past water fountains and Shetland ponies leaping as they go up the two-mile long drive to the house."
Brangelina have put of getting married for a long time but apparently chose to make it official for the sake of their children.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'To Have Ponies And Elephants At Their Wedding'!
The loved up couple have been together for seven years (Wenn)
They raise six children together, Maddox, 11, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. The Hollywood stars are reportedly set to wed at their £35million French estate, Chateau Miraval at the end of May. The location even has its own chapel.
The nuptials are set to take place after the Cannes film festival. According to the magazine, “their renovations are due to finish any day now and builders have been working around the clock to complete it in time. Plus all of Brad and Angelina’s closest friends in the industry will be in town for Cannes.”
As well as "leaping" ponies, the lavish plans for the wedding also include a group of topiary elephants, each sculpted to represent a member of their family.
He's also apparently, "spending in the region of £30,000 on flowers and says they've decided no cut flowers, just planted wild ones, so that in the future, their great-grandchildren can see where they made a promise to each other.''
Add to that the $250,000 engagement ring and it sounds like the pair are sparing no expense!